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Karasu - Part 4
The months passed by and spring made way for summer, filling the air with the hum of cicadas. Once a week, Kana would make her way up the mountainside to spend an afternoon in the old storehouse. The two would often spend the hours talking, reading together or walking through the forest. She told him about humanity and the ways they lived, grew, and interacted. Shichi explained, to the best of his ability, the values held by the monks in the temple -- that every being deserved to live and find happiness, and that every life had value. They found many similarities and many differences between their habits, but more importantly, they discovered connections between themselves.
Shichi’s long absences and unnaturally light hearted moods did not go unnoticed by the others -- namely, his mentor. Time and time again she cornered the young tengu, attempting to pry the truth from him. Instead, she received only well thought-out excuses and alibis -- that the arrival of summer made him chee
Karasu - Part 2
The walk back to the temple was hurried. Nearly a hundred stone steps led up to the entrance of the grounds, each worn with age and lined with moss. Shichi had been expected to return before the evening meal, but most had already entered the dining hall. Only his mentor, one of the elders at the temple, remained outside.
“Ah, there you are,” she said, glancing up from her seat on the wooden stairs. She had been reading scripture by the fading sunlight. “I was beginning to get worried.”
“Master Sagiri,” he replied, bowing his head in apology. “Forgive me, I was distracted.”
“Surely your training all these years would have taught you to focus,” the elder tengu said, though her tone was light.
“I have no excuse. My mind tends to wander when I’m alone.”
“Tell your mind it can wander all it wants during meditation this evening.”
Shichi began to wonder if he was committing a sin by keeping his encounter
Human Nature: Chapter 5 It was a beautiful day in the park. The sun shone its rays down upon the families below as they spent their afternoon in the company of each other. A lovely vixen was following behind a young kit as he bounded through some of the taller grass.
Zor, what are you doing? The kits ear twitched at the sound of his mothers voice and he paused for a moment, but didnt answer. The vixen called out to him again, What are you doing?
The boy turned around and gave his mother a stern look. He put his index finger up to his muzzle, Shhhh! He hissed through is teeth, Im exploring unknown territory. Who knows what dangers there are? Make too much noise and you could attract a predator!
Oh! The white haired vixen exclaimed before lowering her voice to a whisper. She crouched beside the youngster. He watched
Karasu - Part 1
Upon a old, wooded mountain, there was once was a temple. The surrounding trees were knotted, yet proud. It was a well kept temple -- maintained and honored by a group of monks numbering no more than twenty. Their lives were quiet and filled with prayer and study.
Despite their peaceful nature, and despite their respect for the land and one another, the temple was never visited by the villagers from the foot of the mountain. It was a place mentioned only in hushes, in tales to frighten children and in stories shrouded with superstition. The monks, of course, were not human like the villagers were. They were ‘tengu.’ ‘Crow-demons.’ ‘Monsters.’
Shichi did not like to think of himself as a monster. Most of his time was spent gardening and studying herbal medicine. He had recently begun to practice acupuncture under the mentorship of an elder monk. Occasionally, he liked to indulge himself with a nap up in a tree, or perhaps a drink to loosen his shoulde
Human Nature: Chapter 1 A large red fox morph entered the control room, the black and purple color of his uniform denoting his rank. He scanned the area with a pair of blue eyes, which soon set upon a striped feline wearing a black and blue uniform. He opened his muzzle to address the yellow-furred cat, Lieutenant Shortail, what is the status of this planet?
The feline turned around to face the speaker. Her ears were folded back slightly and her expression told the fox that the news was not all good, Well, the planet is inhabitable, she said, her brown eyes refusing to meet his own, but its most advanced creatures seem to be at constant war with each other, the two of them were silent for a while, Commander, may I be frank? The cat morph said, biting her lower lip and brushing some black hair out of her face.
The fox nodded, Yes. What is it?
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